Just like taking care of our physical bodies, our mind also needs the same - if not more attention.
Mental wellbeing is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (WHO, 2014)
Mental wellbeing means:
Doing things you enjoy
Finding and acknowledging your strengths
Being ‘in the moment’ with your experiences
Celebrating every success
Understanding our actions impact the outcomes
We can all feel low, anxious or panicky from time to time. Check your mood using this simple questionnaire and get advice on what might help.Take the test
Feeling sad or feeling depressed is not the same as being ‘clinically’ depressed. There is a big sliding scale between having a bad day and feeling deep despair.
We are all on a continuum, we have good days and bad days but when the bad days out-number the good you need to take some action.
Anxiety can be feelings of fear, nervousness, apprehensiveness or worry. Most people feel anxious at certain times, such as going to the dentist, interviews, or public speaking.
Anxiety can sometimes be helpful. It keeps us alert to danger such as:
Crossing a busy road
Climbing up a ladder
Sports and in competitions
Anxiety can be a problem when:
It stops us doing things we want or need to do
It happens a lot
It stays for a long time
How you can help yourself
There are usually no quick fixes for problems in life but you can learn to be more active in looking after your own mental wellbeing.
Ways to help yourself
Listen to music, read, meditate, get a massage, or try relaxation methods. Getting some distance from the problem can give you some perspective.
More sleep and rest are needed when your body is stressed.
Try not to miss meals or eat at irregular times. Keep plenty of healthy snacks available.
Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can make anxiety and your mood worse.
This boosts your mood and helps you stay healthy.
Inhale and exhale slowly. Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.
Instead of aiming for impossible excellence, be proud of however close you get.
Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
Identify the negative thoughts and try and replace them with positive ones.
Make sure you laugh, a good laugh goes a long way.
What makes you anxious? Is it study, work, family, or friends? Try writing in a journal when you feel stressed or anxious so you can identity a pattern.
Tell friends and family how you are feeling and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a doctor or counsellor for help.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
The Mental Health Foundation '5 Ways to Wellbeing' can help you stay mentally well.